Giants slump to worst start in 37 years

ESPN staff
October 11, 2013
Eli Manning had a torrid time at Soldier Field, throwing three interceptions © Getty Images

The New York Giants slumped to their worst start for 37 years as the Chicago Bears sealed a 27-21 victory over a team still searching for their first win this season.

Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall, and Tim Jennings took two of Chicago's three interceptions against Eli Manning on Thursday night.

The Bears (4-2) broke a two-game losing streak having won their first three games. New York are 0-6 for the first time since the 1976 team dropped their first nine, a stunning turn for a franchise that won the Super Bowl two years ago.

"We see things each and every week that tell us we cannot just be good, we can be very good," Bears coach Marc Trestman said. "But we also know there's a lot of work ahead."

The Giants came in clinging to the idea that they could claw their way back into the NFC East race because every team in the division has a losing record. It's hard to see that happening, the way they're playing.

"We're all sick of it," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We're all sick of losing, but we put ourselves in this position. There is only one way to get out of it."

Cutler and Marshall were in tune early on, connecting for two touchdowns, and Jennings returned an interception 48 yards to score as Chicago built a 24-14 half-time lead.

The Bears were up by 13 when New York's Brandon Jacobs ran in from one yard in the closing seconds of the third quarter after Jennings got called for interference against Hakeem Nicks near the goal line. That cut the score to 27-21, but Jennings made up for it in a big way when he picked off an overthrown pass by Manning intended for tight end Brandon Myers at the 10-yard line with 1:54 left in the game.

Cutler was 24 of 36 for 262 yards after throwing for 358 against New Orleans last week. Marshall played a huge role after venting over a lack of catches against the Saints, finishing with nine receptions for 87 yards.

"We won the game, but we kind of leave a little bit unsatisfied because I think offensively we could have exploded for a little bit more," Cutler said.

Robbie Gould kicked two field goals, including a 52-yarder in the third quarter that gave him 12 straight conversions from 50 yards or longer, and the Bears eased at least a few nerves, even if this victory came against one of the NFL's four winless teams

Manning, the owner of two championship rings, completed 14 of 26 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown, but he ran his league-leading total to 15 interceptions while matching last season's number. He had passes picked off on the first two possessions, with Jennings' 48-yard touchdown coming on the second one.

"I feel bad for my teammates. I feel bad for my coaches and everybody, fighting every day, and I'm fighting, too," Manning said. "I am trying to get a win for these guys."

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